Blind man suing McDonald's for discrimination

Blind man suing McDonald's for discrimination
Posted at 6:51 PM, May 31, 2016

A Louisiana man is suing McDonald’s because he says the restaurant’s drive-thru policy discriminates against the blind.

The lawsuit claims that Scott Magee of Metairie, Louisiana attempted to eat at a McDonald’s on an August evening in 2015. However, the restaurant counter had closed for the night, and only the drive-thru was open.

Magee, who suffers from macular degeneration and is legally blind, cannot operate a car but still wanted something to eat. So, he decided to walk through the drive-thru and order outside. Magee says that when he reached the drive-thru window, he was denied service and laughed at by employees.

According to McDonald’s website, the drive-thru is “for people in motor vehicles only” due to health and safety policies.

The lawsuit is seeking “McDonald’s late night drive-thru restaurants throughout the United States readily accessible and usable by blind and visually impaired individuals,” as well as “reasonable attorney’s fees."

The lawsuit comes just months after a California man sued the restaurant, claiming his mozzarella sticks contained fillers.

Read the entire lawsuit in the document viewer below (via Eater).




Alex Hider is a writer for the E.W. Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @alexhider.